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Morgan at the House of Eratosthenes notes:


The debate over immigration is over: restriction wins.

The debate over borders is over: they are needed.

The debate over globalization is over: the era of autarky begins.

The debate over Europe is over: it is a geographic expression, not a polity.

The debate over global warming is over: it is irrelevant.

The debate over international institutions is over: only nations matter.

The debate over the People’s Republic of China is over: it is a menace to the community of nations, not a member in good standing.

Crisis is clarity.

People forget that the Chinese tried to poison the world’s pets a few years back. In 2007, many brands of cat and dog foods had to be recalled due to contamination with melamine. The Chinese also poisoned our toothpaste with toxic chemicals.
I favour the approach of the people in Hong Kong, with their lives on the front line, who have been expressing their views undiplomatically. One Hong Kong demonstrator provided to a television camera, when asked for his advice to Mr Donald Trump: “Don’t trust China. China is asshole.”
The reason to open the economy is it will save more lives than it will cost. The alternative to relaxing the quarantine and allowing the virus to run its course is to remain locked down until there is a vaccine or cure. That is flat out insane. How can American look herself in the mirror and call herself the land of the free without NCAA football this fall?
Argumentum ad Trumpum – What intrigued me was the assumption on the part of the person who said, “He’s playing Trump’s game,” that this was in itself a sufficient refutation of what Lévy wrote. This is the more recent incarnation of the argumentum ad Hitlerum, that if an opinion can in some way be made to resemble Hitler’s ideas, if only by taking it to its logical conclusion, then no further refutation of it is necessary. It stands refuted.

The older I get
The fewer friends I have
But you don’t need a lot when the ones that you got
Have always got your back
And the older I get
The better I am
At knowing when to give
And when to just not give a damn

HT: Krill

There are useful idiots and narcopaths out there that thrive in these types of unstable environments. They too are vampires seeking to bleed people dry while using the disaster as cover. These are the people screaming at strangers walking down the street that they need to “go back home” and “flatten the curve”. These are the people calling the cops on their neighbors for talking in a group bigger than two or three.
Sheeple are people that have no capacity for self leadership. They just want to feel protected and secure no matter what, even if they have to sacrifice their freedoms in exchange for that feeling. They are a prime target for The Collectivists and The Global Elites.
Everybody Now Dies Of Coronavirus – Another result of juicing the numbers is that the pols will be able to use them to prolong their control. Nobody will remember the juicing; it’s probably already forgotten even though only two days old.
As of April 8, two of American Airlines’ 28,000 flight attendants were said to have died of COVID-19. By way of comparison, at least 59 of the 71,000 employees of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs subways, buses, and commuter rails, have died of coronavirus as of April 14.
I notice that the same people telling Americans they must remain at home indefinitely were indignant about closing bathhouses in response to the AIDS epidemic. Back then, the media and all gays except Randy Shilts said: How dare you ask us to shut down the bathhouses! They’re part of gay culture. It would be like asking Catholics to stop visiting the Sistine Chapel! But putting the entire country under stay-at-home orders? No problem.
If there is to be just one line to describe the history of white people on this planet, it should be “No good deed goes unpunished.” White people literally pulled the world out of the dark ages, but the world remains an ungrateful place. Asians in America are now working on their grievance tales, about how the round-eye was mean to them during the great yellow pandemic of 2020. The fact that they would be eating bugs and living in huts if not for the white man is conveniently forgotten.
Some Things Will Never Be the Same After the Chinese Coronavirus The Climate Hoaxers: Hey, the science people can’t generate a model that correctly predicts tomorrow, but we should totally go for a re-do times a hundred of the current economic chaos because some freaky Nordic waif demands we obey models that purport to give us the weather report for the year 2120. Pass.

‘Don’t hop on the long chariot’ The ‘long chariot’ is the world of policy, or politics, where we are endlessly trying to fix the chariot: to keep it moving or get it moving again. But the world doesn’t work on policy. In the broadest sense, it works on prayer; if I may define prayer so broadly that it includes ancestor worship. Its principles are those of celestial mechanics. It doesn’t go anywhere. Rather, it turns.
Perhaps nothing will prove more difficult to salvage from the train wreck than individual rights, the fundamental building block of subsidiarity, which are being eroded at an unprecedented rate. The need to track the whereabouts of literally every citizen in the name of “contact tracing” the public means government will demand to know exactly where you’ve been and who you’ve ever met with.
As I said on Tuesday, anything under 100 thousand is a blown forecast. They cannot claim “social distancing worked even better than we thought!”No. The low ball 100 thou was with “social distancing”. If under 100K, it’s a blown model.
The media will have to be coached carefully so they don’t screw up and accidentally report the truth. A whole new gaggle of experts and actors playing experts is being prepped to explain why it is now okay to go outside. At the same time, they still have to blame Orange Man for the deaths that never materialized.
They’ll Snuff Your Life to End Their “Stigma” As it was with AIDS, so it is with COVID. Members of identity groups (and their “allies”) putting “offense” before public health…selfish advocates and activists who place their hurt feelings above public safety, who fret endlessly that the name of a disease might “stigmatize” a particular identity group, and who vigorously defend the in-group actions (anal sex, eating exotic wildlife) that cause and spread a particular disease.
NYT should visit New York City Manhattan will be like it was in the 1970s again, only there is no young Donald John Trump on the horizon to reverse the fleeing, and there is no Rudy Giuliani to fight the crime.
San Francisco Responds to Covid-19 With an Experiment in Lawlessness In the Tenderloin, SOMA, and Mid-Market neighborhoods, the homeless congregate in open-air drug markets; dealers wear gloves and masks and sell heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine in broad daylight.
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern –

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  • Bill Henry April 18, 2020, 11:05 AM

    I agree.. open the doors..

    lets go back to work if they will have us…

  • Terry April 18, 2020, 11:28 AM

    Those who are able but do not want to work or go back to work are parasites/virus. Ship then to China or cut off their oxygen supply.

  • Casey Klahn April 18, 2020, 11:37 AM

    It’s going to be the Wild West. I had to gun up this morning but I was remarkably calm; low heart rate and measured moves. We have a lock down protocol and everything was followed. No crisis evolved (the car in our driveway [people do not come to my house – ever] turned out to be wifey’s college roomy having a family crisis needing support and she was asleep so the lights-on car with no driver was just her).

    I recommend you watch the western with Robert Duvall, Broken Trail. He does what’s right, including shooting a small pox spreader at long range for the crime of riding up on the trail. With small pox blankets. Justice: done. Is it all mayhem? Nope. John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn said that he never shot any man that didn’t need shooting.

    You’re on your own going forward. Do the right thing.

  • ghostsniper April 18, 2020, 11:43 AM

    “…lets go back to work…”

    Some of us have been working all along, almost as if the outside world had no bearing on reality.
    Since late Feb til this past week I completed construction documents on a new home, and a ground up remodeling to an existing home (both in Florida), and 2 indexes for a heavy duty theology book. I simply do not have time to engage the silly assed media and the retarded gov’t. I’ve responsibilities to myself and others that take precedence above all else. So if either of those entities, the gov’t or media, want to purchase any of my time they can get in line and take a number and I will be with them shortly. Or not. See, time is not something I have too much of, so I am very select in whom I give any to. Gov’t and media are way down at the end of the list of things of importance in my book.

  • ghostsniper April 18, 2020, 11:48 AM

    Robert Duvall, John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn….

    Ned Pepper sed: “I call that bold talk for a one eyed fat man.”
    Rooster sed: “Fill your hand you son of a bitch!”

  • azlibertarian April 18, 2020, 12:12 PM

    Between the two, I’m kinda partial to the Coen brothers True Grit, but both are good. I enjoyed the book too.

  • Vanderleun April 18, 2020, 1:17 PM

    Yup… both versions of True Grit are great. And great for different reasons. Something that rarely happens with remakes.

  • James ONeil April 18, 2020, 1:41 PM

    ” [people do not come to my house – ever]”

    Dang, Casey’s even more reclusive curmudgeony than me, I have people, other than family, drive up to my house at least 3 or 4 times a year! 😉

    Though I don’t have to g’up, I’m heavy (bear repellent, yep, that’s what it is.) pretty much any time I go out the door.

  • Harry April 19, 2020, 9:59 AM

    True Grit; enjoyed the book, enjoyed the Coen bros. movie. I still have to see the John Wayne version, although I do recall reading the MAD Magazine take off of the John Wayne version.

  • Harry April 19, 2020, 10:11 AM

    Oh, and one more thing: AIDS. As I recall it was Reagan’s fault that AIDS spread. He didn’t do enough to stop it. That story is alive and well and is still being passed around. Cuz Republican presidents, they want people to die.